Locate Policy


Determination Drilling’s policy on underground utilities is as simple as this:

*Public Property = Public Locates
*Private Property = Public + Private Locates
*The date on all locates must be valid
*The dig depth must be greater or equal to what is drilled

If the locates are incomplete, out of date, or not received from licensed personnel, Determination Drilling cannot drill.  If you have any questions, need clarification as to whether your locates are sufficient, or would like us to handle the locate requests for you, please let us know.

We go to every site ready to drill.  If the locates are not 100%, we cannot begin excavations legally.

The reason we comply with the law is to protect our workers, protect your workers, prevent damage to our equipment, and to prevent damage to your clients’ property.  There are large fines associated with improper locates which would go to our operators, our company, as well as your company.  Determination Drilling’s locate policy is the law and looks out for the best interest of all involved in the project.

*If we are called to a site with improper locates, no drilling will occur, and a 4 hour minimum charge will be applied.

The best way to avoid this is to follow the law, and ask DDSI management if you have any questions, concerns, or require us to review the utility locates in advance of the drilling date.


It’s getting pretty crowded underground. There could be gas pipelines, electrical services, telephone and cable TV as well as water and sewer connections. In addition to these types of buried services to your home, there could be distribution networks for utilities that serve your neighbourhood and community. In some cases, such as pipelines and fiber optic cables, they may even be part of a national route.

Ontario 1 Call is available for locate requests and inquiries 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1 (800) 400-2255.




Obtaining locates are easy, free, and most importantly, the first step in safe excavation! Consider that in 2009, of all reported utility damages in Ontario, 70% of damages caused by homeowners were a direct result of not obtaining locates. Failure to obtain locates leading to subsequent utility damages carry multiple fines, fees to repair damaged utilities, and more, however; the most important reason to get locates is to put safety first!